The Ethics of Selling Organs
March 30, 2010
Nearly 100,000 Americans¬†are waiting for organ transplants. Many will die while they wait. The shortage of organs has led some to suggest that we should pay living donors for their organs. A recent study by University of Pennsylvania professor Scott Halpern in the Annals of Internal Medicine explores this very idea and questions some of the ethical arguments against creating a regulated¬†organ market. This hour, bioethicists Scott Halpern of the University of Pennsylvania and David Magnus of Stanford University discuss legalizing the sale of organs.